Welcome from the Director of Music

Waikato Community School of Music (WCSM), under this name and its previous one of Hamilton Community Centre of Music (HCCM), has been providing affordable music tuition for over thirty years. Our purpose is to offer all in our community, regardless of age or experience, a diverse and enjoyable musical experience, with the option of preparing for recognized music examination.

WCSM/HCCM students, who comprise both children and adults, all enjoy our special mix of learning and performance opportunities. Our courses include the very popular Music Makers/Young Voices programmes for children aged 3–13+ years, instrumental classes,  as well as the WCSM Sinfonia, Concert Band, String Orchestra, and ensembles for guitar, flute and ukulele.

We are committed to delivering high quality music education, and our staff of over twenty experienced tutors all participate in an on-going Professional Development Programme. Our curriculum is centred on the syllabuses of the NZ Music Examinations Board and Trinity College London.

We are based in the Education buildings (TT, TC and TA) at the University of Waikato. Classes are held on Saturday mornings during primary school terms.

Whether you’re just starting out in music or want to learn more, we can help you achieve your ambitions. Let your musical talents flourish – come and share with us the joy of music.

Rupert D’Cruze – WCSM/HCCM Director of Music

WCSM/HCCM is professionally run under the governance of the HCCM Trust Board, whose objectives are:

  • To advance the education of Hamilton Centre of Community Music students, parents and the public and in particular, aspiring musicians, in the performance, composition and appreciation of music.
  • To foster musical talent, developing and promoting musical education at the pre-school, primary and intermediate levels.
  • To encourage and support the teaching and performance of music and ensemble playing.
  • To solicit, manage and apply for funds to support the Hamilton Community Centre of Music in order to achieve its charitable purposes.

WCSM/HCCM gratefully acknowledges the continued support of the University of Waikato and the use of their teaching facilities.

WCSM/HCCM Staff

  • Rupert D’Cruze – Director of Music
  • Ann Shaffer – School Manager
  • Jean Paterson – Violin and String Orchestra
  • Julie Pescud- Violin,  String Orchestra, Sinfonia
  • Melody Gumbley– Violin
  • Elena Morgan – Cello
  • Ashleigh Smith – Flute
  • Ye-Gon Ryoo – Clarinet, Recorder
  • Colin Ogle – Saxophone
  • Oliver Barratt – Sinfonia
  • Danny Roguski – Orchestral Brass, Wind Band, Ukulele
  • Shirley Lambert- Guitar
  • April Haines – Guitar (Rhythm)
  • Cameron Sloan – Guitar (Rhythm and Classical)
  • Denise Hudson (Bass Guitar)
  • Shilong Yang – Guitar Assistant
  • Ciara Claridge – Guitar Assistant
  • Hamish Berkers – Drums
  • Joyce Roguski – Electronic Keyboard
  • Mary Smith  – Music Makers Level One, Violin
  • Kirsty Young – Music Makers Levels Two/Three
  • Calla Knudson-Hollebon – Young Voices (Music Makers Level Four)
  • Olivia Giffney – Music Makers assistant
  • Natalie Garcia-Gil – Assistant – Recorder, percussion, Music Makers
  • Alice Lee – Administrative assistant

WCSM/HCCM Board of Trustees

  • Andrew Buchanan-Smart (Chair)
  • Susan Woodhouse
  • Richard Bryce
  • Nick Braae